Located on the Wergs Road outside Tettenhall Village, The Crown has always been that restaurant and bar where everything is a little bit fancy. The refurbishment works taking place over the past few weeks has seen it take on a modern twist on it’s previous traditional decor. Teamed up with a very modern grey, it gives a fresh but very cosy feel – perfect for an autumnal dinner date.
Whenever I go to the theatre, I’m one of the many people who’s guilty of getting something very quick and easy to eat or eating something very quickly before I go.
Miss Saigon was one of those musicals that I’ve heard about but never knew anything about it, except that it was set in Vietnam and had something to do about the war. I’ll tell you now: it did not disappoint and it was a fantastic evening. As well as getting to see the show, The Hippodrome had put together a Vietnamise menu to accompany the show which we were to try in The Circle Restaurant.
We attended Dog Fest last month and I finally got my hands on a PitPat. A PitPat is effectively the dog version of a Fitbit where the dog wears it on their collar and it monitors their activity. The PitPat is a light weight monitor, weighing in 12g, secured by a piece of magic velcro. Once secure to your dog, you simply download the PitPat app for your phone, connect the monitor and the app via bluetooth and set your pooch up a profile. Dependent on their breed, age and weight it’ll calculate how much exercise your dog needs per day. I’ll state this now – it doesn’t track the dogs actual whereabouts and has no GPS features.
Recently, I was invited to try out the new Italian all you can eat pasta and pizza menu at Osteria in Birmingham. I know, it’s a freaking hard life being me sometimes. I won’t lie; I was pretty stoked when I got the e-mail because Italian food is my all time favourite, and then being told it was all you can eat – I was one happy lady!
Osteria is part of the Rodizio Rico chain at The Cube in Birmingham. Rodizo Rico is a Brazilian all you can eat restaurant and they’ve opened Osteria as their Italian sister restaurant located right next door on the 7th level of The Cube. With two sittings, you can get all you can eat pasta and pizza from under £10. Unlike your usual all you can eat where it’s sat on the sides, the kitchen is on display and it’s made fresh right in front of you.
Pieminister has been on my list of places to try out since my fiance tried out their Manchester branch. He described it as the best pie he’s ever had and kept searching for another branch whenever we visited a new city. I just met his assumptions with smiles because pie isn’t his usual go to; it’s mine. If anyone is the pie connoisseur in the relationship, it’s the girl who’s name actually is the food he’s banging on about.
We were met with the news that Pieminister were opening a Birmingham branch. His little face lit up and with that I was going to finally try out the best pie he’s ever had and could finally stop going on about it.
Wagamama’s is pretty much the restaurant where you take your friends for a catch up and to eat delicious Japanese food. I love catching up with the girls and drinking copious amounts of green tea whilst I’m there. But, I’m pretty guilty for sticking to what I know when I visit Wagamama’s; either sticking to a Katsu Curry [like all the 20 something year olds] and Ramen dishes. So, when I rocked up last week I was pretty excited to try out dishes I wouldn’t usually go for and it’s safe to say I won’t be picking a Katsu Curry for a while!
The sunnier weather is coming out way and I, for one, can’t wait to start wearing maxi skirts, sandals and going for walks without donning my scarf and gloves. For a girl who really loves Autumn, I’m slowly falling back in love with Spring and finding the new season bringing a refresh into my life. With spring approaching also comes Bodega‘s new Spring menu. Bodega is a South American restaurant that serves the most delicious food and cocktails; it’s always been one of my favourite places in Birmingham to stuff my face with tacos and burritos. When I was invited to try out their new menu, I was like um yes you can hook a girl up!Continue reading
I’m lucky that every month that Digbeth Dining Club host one of their events in a local village 10 minutes up the road. We decided to go over last weekend on the hunt for delicious food and trying to get Rufus used to crowds.
Digbeth Dining Club take over Codsall village once a month. It’s not as busy as the weekly event in Digbeth and has fewer stalls, but, they do change quite regularly. Digbeth Dining Club hosts some of the best street food vendors across the country and last week, I discovered my favourite yet.
I did a thing where I read a book in one sitting. I haven’t done that since I read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was refreshing. I won’t lie – 15 year old me is highfiving me right now.
It’s been a while since I sat down with a good book. Usually, I spend my evenings blogging or working and when I go to bed, I find it super hard to switch off. My head is exploding with thoughts and my never ending to do list. So when we got back from Berlin on Tuesday afternoon, I was happy to receive an Amazon birthday parcel from Ms Mistry and open it to reveal 2 books I couldn’t wait to read. Feeling full of a cold, I grabbed a green tea and went off to bed with Rufus to divulge in Behind Closed Doors.
Behind Closed Doors is a mix between Gone Girl and Unravelling Oliver. It’s a psychological thriller about the marriage of Jack and Grace. Jack is a successful lawyer who specializes in domestic violence, whilst Grace is a housewife who looks after their wonderful home in Surrey. They come across as the perfect, successful couple who are in separable. They host dinner parties, visit Grace’s little sister Millie who has downs syndrome and go away on expensive holidays to Thailand. All seems perfect, luxurious and what more could you want?
Paris switches the chapters of the story between the present day and the past, being the start of Jack and Grace’s relationship. At first, Jack is the perfect boyfriend to Grace – handsome, polite, has a wonderful job and always treating her. Most of all, he understands how important Millie is to Grace and that once Millie is 18, Grace will have full responsibility of her. Grace knows not many partners will be so accepting of her little sister so is swept off her feet when Jack accepts Millie for who she is. But the chapters telling the present day, Jack is holding Grace prisoner in her own home. Keeping her locked up in a bedroom, telling her what she can and can’t wear and breaking her spirit day at a time.
The book is a super quick read. I was desperately turning the pages wanting to know Grace’s fate. Although, I found some aspects of the novel a little unbelievable and some topics felt they weren’t researched thoroughly, I still enjoyed the novel. The characters were built wonderfully. One of the most important aspects of the book is that things aren’t as they always seem and that you don’t ever know what is going on behind closed doors. (no pun intended)
So, if you’re after a book for a HYGGE night with a blanket and a hot chocolate, I would definitely recommend!